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Eastern Shore

Virginia's scenic Eastern Shore is an enchanting peninsula of family farms, small towns, waterside villages and hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The area is famous for its Chincoteague ponies, which run wild by the sea on a barrier island except for one annual roundup. In a 1608 voyage to explore the Eastern Shore, Captain John Smith said that "Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation." Today, beach-lovers, eco-tourists, fishing enthusiasts, boaters and local residents still agree with that sentiment.

So do wine lovers, who began visits in the early 1980s soon after the birth of the wine industry here, thanks to the moderate, maritime climate and long growing season. The expressive character and minerality of Eastern Shore wines make a natural pair with the area's abundant local seafood and produce.

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The Eastern Shore AVA

Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA is located on the southern end of the Delmarva Peninsula. The area is defined by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the ocean on the other. It benefits from breezes from the bay and the sandy soil of the area.